In 2011, Facebook announced a feature called Trusted Friends which basically offered a way for users to recover their account, in case they lost their password or are not able to login for some other reason. Well, the same feature still exists but it is renamed Trusted Contacts.
This feature lets a user specify friends on Facebook that can help you when you’re not able to login to your account. You need to name three to five friends that you trust, who can help you in such a situation. If you’re ever locked out of your account, then you’ll need to contact these friends. Facebook will give each of them a unique code which then they’ll need to pass on to you. Let’s look at the process in detail.
How to Set up Trusted Contacts in Facebook
To get started, visit this link to open Security settings page on Facebook.
Click on Trusted Contacts and then on Choose Trusted Contacts.
Facebook will show a dialog box with more information on Trusted Contacts. Click on Choose Trusted Contacts.
From the next screen, choose 3 to 5 friends that you trust. You should be able to contact these friends, if the need arises, so make sure they are reachable and close to you.
Just as a security measure, you’ll need to enter your password again.
That’s all you need to do. You can visit the Trusted Contacts section again to edit or remove your friends any time.
This is a good method to gain access to the social network, just in case if someone hacked your account, or for some reason you’re not able to login. But make sure that your trusted friends can really be “trusted” with this.